Gustavus Career Week Rolls Out New Events

Resume workshops, career panels, and internship expos: it’s Career Week at Gustavus!
Posted on September 18th, 2019 by

The Gustavus Center for Career Development hosted a reception with alumni mentors last fall.

The second annual Gustie Career Week, hosted by the Center for Career Development, features Gustavus Adolphus College alumni sharing career advice and networking with students alongside representatives from graduate schools and employers.

The week has an exciting series of workshops, employer panels, networking opportunities, and special events designed to gain awareness of a variety of career fields, provide students with the skills needed to tackle various career clusters and industries, and deliver tools to conduct successful searches within specific careers,” Career Development Specialist Jill VanOsdol ’10 said.

Cynthia Favre works with a student in the Center for Career Development.

This year will feature four new alumni career panels, two new receptions, and two all-new events, growing from last year’s 35 events and programs that took place throughout the week.

A highlight of the week takes place Thursday, when several career panels, an accounting reception, and a graduate school and year of service reception take place. The graduate school reception will allow students to connect with more than 40 different graduate and professional schools, as well as service organizations, from 2-4 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

Friday has two key events: the Gustie Internship Expo and the Professional Clothing Drive, co-sponsored by student organization ThriftyGold.

Cynthia Favre from Career Development reached out with the idea for ThriftyGold to team up with Career Development on creating something for those on campus who either don’t have the resources or cannot afford professional clothing for interviews and other career events,” Emma Goebel ’21 said. “ThriftyGold took the idea and ran with it, thinking this could be a great cause to get the org’s name out on campus as well as being a great opportunity for the student body.”

ThriftyGold will be helping students select free professional clothing from 2:30-4:30 p.m. 

The Gustie Internship Expo takes place on Friday from 4-5 p.m. There, students who have done internships or completed career-related experiences will have the opportunity to present their experiences and win prizes.

It is also an opportunity for students looking for an internship to see what other students have done, and find ideas of who to reach out to for internships,” VanOsdol said.

This year’s career week is the first for new Executive Director of Career Development Andrew Coston. Coston stepped into the position in August, and is thankful for his staff’s commitment to planning the events.

In the short time he’s been at Gustavus, Coston has been impressed by what career week provides for students from all majors and class years.

“Students have great opportunities here that will help them with their careers five, 10, even 15 years down the road,” Coston said. “Ultimately, we are here to help students get where they are trying to go.”

VanOsdol echoed a similar sentiment.

“Gustie Career Week presents fantastic opportunities to explore multiple industries, organizations, and seminars for personal and professional development.”

More information about Gustie Career Week is available online.


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